NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island celebrates the official opening of PAK’nSAVE Clendon

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island officially opened PAK’nSAVE Clendon on November 28 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It represents the conclusion of a significant construction project for Foodstuffs.

Clendon had a 30-year-old New World that was in need of replacement, but Foodstuffs North Island could see that a PAK’nSAVE would better serve the local community.

Through a carefully managed construction project, the Foodstuffs North Island team kept the New World store running while Stage 1 of a brand new PAK’nSAVE was built right next door.

Owner-operator Roger Knapper, his team and the Foodstuffs project team worked together to get New World Clendon ready to close its doors for the last time on April 23.

They then opened the half-size PAK’nSAVE on April 26 and operated that way for six months, while the old New World was demolished, and the other half of the new PAK’nSAVE was built in its place.

Now, the second stage is complete and Clendon customers can enjoy the full-sized store.

“I’m so proud of my team, Roger says. “They’ve dealt with immense pressure in going through the process of closing one store and opening a new one. I’m very grateful to the community for their understanding and patience. The transition period was challenging, but the end result is outstanding,” he says.

Foodstuffs North Island GM Property Development Lindsay Rowles says the project required careful management.

“Running a construction project while maintaining food safety standards, keeping our customers safe and providing the same high standards of service is an interesting challenge, but we’re pleased to say that the project went well and was completed on schedule.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring New Zealand’s lowest food prices to grocery shoppers in Clendon,” Rowles says

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

New World and PAK’nSAVE support the New Zealand Blood Service’s Missing Type campaign

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE are pleased to show their support for the New Zealand Blood Service’s Missing Type campaign.

Customers will notice the letters O and A disappear from the New World and PAK’nSAVE’s logos on the brands’ digital channels, between October 16 and 18.

This is NZBS’s second Missing Type campaign, which lets organisations and individuals show their support for blood donation by removing the letters A and O – the most common blood types – from their logos, branding, online content and social media accounts.

“New Zealand Blood Service wants New Zealanders who don’t know their blood type to find out this year, as it may be their first step towards becoming a lifesaving blood donor,” Foodstuffs NZ Managing Director Steve Anderson says.

“Our stores really got behind last year’s campaign, and New Zealand Blood Service tells us it resulted in 10,000 New Zealanders becoming new donors within five months, which is a fantastic result. We’re very pleased to support Missing Type again this year,” Anderson says.

“The campaign will be reflected through the PAK’nSAVE and New World website and Facebook pages. We’re also encouraging our store owners to support the campaign in their own way, by adjusting their promotional material and in-store posters, by organising a blood donation drive for staff.

“Donated blood and blood products save the lives of 27,000 New Zealanders every year, yet just under 4 percent of the eligible population is registered to donate. We know that New Zealanders are generous people, and so we think we can do better! I’d like to encourage all of our customers to consider becoming a blood donor. Look out for NZBS events around the country or go to nzblood.co.nz for more information on how you can help,” Anderson says.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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PAK’nSAVE Albany owner Paul Blackwell honoured with the 2017 Blake Leader Award

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspirational leader Paul Blackwell and owner of PAK’nSAVE Albany has received the 2017 Blake Leader Award in recognition of outstanding contribution.

If you were to ask anyone who knows Paul Blackwell they will tell you not only can he be counted on for sound business advice, he’s the kind of boss who takes his greatest pleasure in his team’s success – over and above that of his own. He’s the first to brush off any praise for his achievements, so you can be assured being in the spotlight for winning a Blake Leader Award makes him feel pretty uncomfortable.

Regardless, Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin, who nominated Paul, can’t think of a more deserving recipient for someone who has determination, a will to succeed and a belief in achieving extraordinary things in business, sport and community.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”, and this is exactly how Paul Blackwell inspires the people around him. My colleagues constantly tell me that Paul never seeks acknowledgment – his personal reward is about making a real and meaningful difference. Paul and his wife Liz have a stellar list of accomplishments which includes owning one of the most successful PAK’nSAVE stores in the country, coaching hundreds of employees to grow, publishing inspirational works, supporting his church and the community and steering the New Zealand Breakers to a series of heart-stopping wins in the Australian National Basketball League.”

Described as an inspirational husband, father and brother, colleague, boss, Chairman and Director, the list of Paul’s projects makes for impressive reading:

  • 18 years running one of the highest performing North Island PAK’nSAVE stores, claiming Store of the Year in 2016
  • Manager at Farmers, owner of PaperPlus stores, New World store owner, PAK’nSAVE store owner, Foodstuffs North Island director and PQ Blackwell Publishing director
  • Church and community leader
  • Significant supporter of Starship and Heart Kids
  • Owner, Director and Chair of the New Zealand Breakers (with four ANBL Championship wins)

But, it’s the relationship that Paul Blackwell has with the wider community through the Breakers which really highlights his inspirational leadership. Under Paul’s leadership the team has visited hundreds of schools talking with tens of thousands of children, donating tens of thousands of basketballs, skills manuals, coaching guides and DVDs as part of their community programmes. While the team focuses on delivering on the court the Breakers have three people working fulltime in the community – encouraging kids to play in an exciting, globally-recognised sport. That’s all down to Paul and Liz’s personal philosophy of giving back.

Peter Anderson, Chairman of Foodstuffs North Island, has this to add about Paul. “He inspires confidence and passion in those around him. He is very focused on achieving his goals but never at the expense of compromising his very strong values. Paul has integrity and is regarded by all as a natural, unassuming and humble leader, more interested in others’ success than his own. We are delighted that Paul and Liz’s work has been acknowledged by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. It is a thoroughly well-deserved honour.”

Chris Quin adds, “When I asked for Paul’s peers to give us a hand to complete his nomination there was no shortage of contributions. People were knocking down my door to offer their support. Paul Blackwell is universally admired by everyone who knows him. They could not think of anyone more deserving of a Blake Leader Award.”

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Designer ‘Hambag’ created by New Zealand artist Otis Frizzell at PAK’nSAVE

Designer ‘Hambag’ created by New Zealand artist Otis Frizzell at PAK’nSAVE

 

Research revealing majority of kiwis take a week or more to finish their Christmas ham.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Models – PAK’nSAVE style – worked the concrete catwalk at PAK’nSAVE Wairau Road today (08 December 2016), clutching the latest seasonal fashion essential — a designer ‘Hambag’ created by New Zealand artist Otis Frizzell.

The Hambag features a bold Otis Frizzell print on the front, and looks as good worn over the shoulder as it does on the middle shelf of your fridge.

The limited edition Ham bags bear Otis Frizzell’s unique signature and are available at PAK’nSAVE stores nationwide to customers who purchase their Christmas ham in store*.

The designer Hambags were commissioned by PAK’nSAVE off the back of some eye-opening research investigating the fridge-life of that Kiwi favourite: the Christmas ham.

According to the independent research, more than 80 per cent of New Zealanders eat ham on Christmas Day, and the vast majority of those do not finish their ham on the day.

“Talking to more than 600 Kiwis we uncovered that 93 per cent of New Zealanders’ Christmas hams don’t get finished on the day, with more than half of those taking around a week or even longer to get through their ham,” explains Emily Blumenthal, Head of Customer Marketing & Insights, Foodstuffs New Zealand.

“Knowing that most Kiwis take days to eat their Christmas hams, it’s a good idea to try to lock in the flavour and keep it as tasty as possible — there’s nothing worse than a dry ham! There are loads of delicious ways you can use leftovers but you need to keep your ham as moist as possible. Ham bags are the way to go,” Blumenthal advises.

While Hambags aren’t a new invention, you’d be hard-pressed to find one as stylish as these. Otis Frizzell says he was honoured to lend his artistic talents to PAK’nSAVE’s first foray into Hambags.

“I think this might prove to be a formative moment for me, you know, like Marc Jacobs thinking back to when he designed his first handbag — I’ll look back and reminisce about my first Hambag,” he says.

Although Hambags go a long way towards locking in the moisture and flavour of your Christmas ham, there are a few other things you can do to make the most out of your leftovers.

PAK’nSAVE’s top tips for using your ham leftovers:

• Be the host with the most on Boxing Day and whip up a few ham and cheese toasties
• Mac ‘n Cheese with ham tossed through it is pure comfort food on the blustery day we sometimes get when we least want it over Christmas
• Ham and pineapple pizza is always a fave with the kids
• Bring back the quiche we say, a delicious way to use up leftover ham with wholesome eggs and a couple of sheets of Pam’s frozen puff pastry
• Go fancy and whip up a ‘frittata’ with ham and other leftover veg like spuds and asparagus – that’s Boxing Day brekkie sorted.

How to use a Hambag

Soak a Hambag — or even tea towel or clean pillowcase if you aren’t lucky enough to own a hambag — for five minutes in four cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar. Wring out the excess water and place your ham in the Ham Bag (or alternative) and then keep it cool in your fridge. #KeepItMoist

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

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Foodstuffs announces status of New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores in Wellington and Canterbury regions post earthquake

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — We would like to advise customers that outside of the affected area’s all New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores are open and operational as normal. Stores have plenty of product on the shelf and it is business as usual – we encourage customers to shop as normal which will help ensure the business can focus on the affected areas and helping stores that are currently closed clean up and re-open.

14 November 5.00 pm

Store closure status is;

  • Wellington region
    • New World Railway – opening details to be provided tomorrow morning (Tuesday 15 November)
    • New World Porirua – will be open as normal tomorrow (Tuesday 15 November)
  • Canterbury region
    • New World Kaikoura (closed)
    • Four Square Kaikoura (closed)
    • Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)
    • Four Square Cheviot (due to open tomorrow Tuesday 15 November)

14 November 9:00 am

Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s earthquake and our priority at this time is ensuring our staff are safe and affected stores are supported.

Stores that are currently closed for clean up or engineering assessment are;

  • Wellington region
    • New World Railway
    • New World Porirua
  • Canterbury region
    • New World Kaikoura
    • Four Square Kaikoura
    • Henry’s Kaikoura
    • Four Square Cheviot
    • Four Square Culverton (due to open at midday)

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

New Zealand: PAK’nSAVE opens at the Tauranga Crossing retail development

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — New PAK’nSAVE brings 130 jobs and low supermarket prices to fast growing Tauranga suburb

The booming Bay of Plenty is set to welcome its newest supermarket with PAK’nSAVE opening in the Tauranga Crossing retail development.

The eagerly anticipated supermarket is located at 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga Crossing. It will be officially opened by the Mayor of Tauranga, Stuart Crosby, at 8.15am on Tuesday the 27th of September.

Located less than 10K away from the Tauranga CBD, The Crossing is a hub of activity with thriving homes and businesses and PAK’nSAVE will be able to provide a fresh offering for this large catchment. The new store has a modern feel with spacious aisles and is full of natural light which will add to the overall customer shopping experience.

Foodstuffs North Island Limited’s, General Manager – Property Development, Lindsay Rowles says, “There are lots of opportunities for growth in the area, and the new Tauriko store will help cater to the increasing demand this growth is placing on services. Tauranga Crossing is an exciting active retail space and we are confident the development is bringing some great services to the community.”

PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, owner-operator Jon Morrison says he is looking forward to supporting the growing Tauriko community, in part by offering a great range of high quality, fresh products at PAK’nSAVE’s lowest supermarket prices, but also by really getting involved in the area.

It’s a big job opening a store of this size but, Morrison says, “The store is looking fantastic, and I’m excited by the opportunity to bring the PAK’nSAVE offer to this new and developing community. House prices might be increasing around the region but I’m committed to doing my best to keep grocery prices down.”

With a retail floor space of 3380m2 and the latest PAK’nSAVE retail designs in place throughout the store, customers can expect their supermarket experience to be a lighter, brighter PAK’nSAVE experience.

“The combination of new, modern serve over counters and lots of natural light means customers will be able to easily select their favourite piece of salmon or eye fillet,” says Morrison. “I’m really looking forward to welcoming customers through the door and we hope they are as excited as we are.”

Morrison says he’s got a great team in place, “A lot of time and effort has gone into choosing people who are passionate about being in the world of groceries. The team are well trained and excited to be able to give our new customers a great PAK’nSAVE experience. I’ve got some really talented butchers and bakers, and we have a checkout team ready and waiting to ensure our customers leave the supermarket with a smile on their face.”

“I’ve been quite overwhelmed by the passion and dedication within the team as we have been working to complete the store and get it ready for opening. It’s a massive task, but the whole team has pulled together to ensure the store looks fantastic and everyone is trained and ready to deliver as soon as the shops doors open,” adds Morrison.

Playing an active role in the community is also something on Morrison’s radar, supermarkets are of the ‘hub’ of a community and he wants PAK’nSAVE Tauriko to be no different. “Once we find our feet I am definitely looking forward to becoming an integral part of the wider Tauriko community, supporting locals schools, sports team and community groups is something I am passionate about. I look forward to becoming involved in the wider community in the not too distant future,” says Morrison.

The store will provide over 130 job opportunities to the Tauranga community.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

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New Zealand: PAK’nSAVE opens at the Tauranga Crossing retail development
New Zealand: PAK’nSAVE opens at the Tauranga Crossing retail development

 

Source: Foodstuffs

PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — For a limited time PAK’nSAVE shoppers across the country can purchase a special pink reusable grocery bag for just $2. Not only will shoppers be ‘tickled pink’ with this cost effective and sustainable way to take their shopping home, but all proceeds from the PAK’nSAVE Pink Ribbon Appeal bag will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. says the PAK’nSAVE team is proud to once again put its full support behind such an important cause.

“This is our second year supporting the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year we surpassed our expectations and donated over $72,000 to the Pink Ribbon Appeal, thanks to the wonderful support of our staff and customers. This year we are once again ‘PINK’nPROUD’ and I am confident we will see PAK’nSAVE Pink Ribbon Appeal bags in the hands of our customers across New Zealand.”

Not wanting to be left out, Stickman will show his support by making a bold style statement and pulling on his pink gumboots on TV screens for two weeks during October.

Evangelia Henderson, Chief Executive of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation says, “We are delighted to have PAK’nSAVE’s support during our Pink Ribbon Appeal. Breast cancer affects one in nine Kiwi women over the course of their lifetime. Our vision is zero deaths from breast cancer. With the support of companies like PAK’nSAVE, and the simple act of buying a pink reusable grocery bag you are helping us achieve this vision through pushing for new frontiers in early detection, supporting those with breast cancer, funding research, medical grants and advocacy.”

PAK’nSAVE is urging Kiwis to take action this October, by volunteering to the Pink Ribbon street appeal, or taking part in the Pink Ribbon Star Walks across the country. Also encouraging the ladies in your life to find out about the possible signs of breast cancer and to have a regular mammogram screening from the age of 40. Find our more from www.nzbcf.org.nz

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

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PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative
PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative

 

Source: Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd.

New World and PAK’nSAVE launch #MissingType campaign in support of NZBS to help raise awareness of the need for blood donors

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE are pleased to be showing their support of New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) by backing their #MissingType campaign, which aims to register 10,000 new blood donors.

A and O are the blood types most in demand due to the fact 85% of the population falls into one of these groups. To show our support, for the duration of the campaign both New World and PAK’nSAVE have removed the ‘A’ and ‘O’ letters from our brands to help raise awareness of the need for blood donors, particularly for these two blood groups.

New World and PAK’nSAVE advertisements, Facebook pages, websites and customers communications will all be #MissingType as we show our support for the NZBS campaign over the coming week.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd says, “NZBS is the sole provider of blood and blood products throughout the country – the job they do saves thousands of Kiwi lives. But without the gift of blood from the public the lives of many New Zealanders and their families would not be the same.”

“Foodstuffs supports NZBS each year by holding blood drives in our distribution and support centre’s in both the North and the South Island,” adds Anderson. “We appreciate that NZBS needs to collect approximately 3,000 donations each week, and to achieve this raising public awareness is critical. The #MissingType campaign is one that we are proud to support and we encourage all Kiwis’ to step up and register to be a blood donor.”

Asuka Burge, NZBS National Manager Marketing and Communications says, “People rarely think about their blood type, but we thought if these letters or ‘types’ were suddenly to be missing from everyday life people might stand up and notice.”

“Blood is a lifesaver, one that saves the lives of tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year. But NZBS data shows that currently less than four per cent of eligible New Zealander’s donate blood,” says Burge.

“New and young donors are the key to safeguarding New Zealand’s future blood supply and we want this campaign to encourage more people to find out if they are eligible and register to become a blood donor.”

NZBS admits the target of 10,000 new donors is ambitious but Burge is confident New Zealanders will step up and the number of A and O donors registered to donate with NZBS will be bolstered.

To find out if you are eligible to donate blood in New Zealand go to www.nzblood.co.nz  and for more information or to register to become a new blood donor please visit www.nzblood.co.nz/MissingType

Contact:

Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuffs

PAK’nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has concluded its superhero-themed birthday celebrations by donating $5,000 to one of the country’s most important charities, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Throughout last week, the home of New Zealand’s lowest prices became the headquarters of Super Stickman and his sidekicks – all in the name of raising funds for very worthwhile cause.

Anyone who dressed up as a superhero and took their photo in-store with Super Stickman went into the draw to win a $1000 grocery gift card, and earned a donation for the Foundation.

Steve Bayliss, Group General Manager Marketing, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says the customer response was impressive, with a wide array of costumes worn in-store and photos uploaded to Facebook.

“As expected, our stores were visited by a lot of Superboys and Spidergirls, and it’s certainly brought a lot of colour and character to our aisles during these wintry school holidays,” says Bayliss.

“The most impressive entry, however, was that sent in by Sade Murray, who not only got dressed up herself but also got five kids in costume and to pose with Super Stickman.”

“As a result of this superhero effort, Sade has won the $1000 gift card from PAK’nSAVE, which she says will be used to feed the children she looks after through her home-based child care business.”

In addition, Bayliss says PAK’nSAVE will donate $5000 to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

“This year’s birthday celebration was all about recognising the work the Foundation does to combat a disease that affects far too many Kiwis and their families.”

“While they may not see themselves as heroes, but in our view, just one life saved is an act of heroism, and hopefully our $5000 will go a little way towards helping the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation achieve just that.”

NZ Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson says the $5000 donation will be used to support more of the work the Foundation does.

“This includes helping to fund research into breast cancer treatments, provide support services for those with the disease, and the ongoing promotion of breast cancer awareness.”

CONTACT DETAILS:
Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440

Phone:+64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

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PAK'nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
PAK’nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, more than 90 checkout operators from Manawatu New World, PAK’nSAVE and Write Price stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Massey University Auditorium with the hope of ultimately taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year.

The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed.

The top three checkers were Megan McKenzie from New World Levin, Samantha Neemia from New World Pioneer and Ashley Hurunui from New World Levin.

Event organiser Kristie McGregor said it is a fun night for checkers to demonstrate their fantastic customer service skills and engage in a bit of friendly competition with other stores.

“We have been running the Checker of the Year competition for over 40 years and it is a great opportunity to recognise our check out operators for the value they add to the customer experience,” said Kristie McGregor.

New World Foxton owner operator, Jason Davy brought up a bus load of team members from all departments to support their check out operators.

“Apart from the competition side of things where are our check out operators can see how they measure up, it’s a fun night and gives the team an opportunity to interact, bond and enjoy each other’s company outside of work,” said Jason Davy.

The competitors’ colleagues wore costumes in the super hero theme of the night and cheered them on with banners, chants and store mascots.

The top twelve checkers each received a $50 gift card; with the top three finalists winning extra prizes. There were also prizes for the best support team and best team of checkers overall.

There are 10 regional Checker of the Year competitions across the North Island throughout June and July, with mystery shoppers testing each region’s winner to determine one overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced at the Foodstuffs North Island Excellence Awards on 26 November.

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Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs won gold for New World at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards

Auckland,New Zealand, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs’ has triumphed at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards winning gold once again for New World and silver for PAK’nSAVE in the Supermarket category.

The independent survey asked more than 1,500 New Zealanders to vote in an online questionnaire to decide the winners. Companies were rated on their ability to deliver a personalised, reliable service, to understand their customers, meet (or exceed) expectations, and make the whole shopping experience quick and easy.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says that winning the service medals for a second time is a fantastic accolade. “The New World team has been working hard to ensure customers feel welcome and enjoy their shopping experience whilst in our stores. This award is direct recognition from our customers that we are meeting, and hopefully exceeding, their expectations on a daily basis,” he says.
“And PAK’nSAVE consistently offers New Zealand’s the lowest prices for their groceries and customers also appreciate the can-do attitude of our friendly staff.”

“Our stores are committed to putting our customer’s needs first. We pride ourselves on having fantastic staff with the knowledge, passion and expertise in food to ensure we are meeting all the needs of our customers,” says Anderson.

Anderson says, “Thank you to our customers for letting us know that we are doing a great job. We are truly delighted to have won these awards once again and this result will continue to encourage our team across the country, to reach for even higher standards of service excellence next year.”

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores are 100 per cent owned and operated by New Zealanders and we continue to strive to be a positive part of the communities in which we operate. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

PAK’nSAVE becomes the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand

Stickman and PAK’nSAVE employees around New Zealand have helped to fundraise more than $100,000 and in doing so have now become the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — From the 1 of November, PAK’nSAVE staff across New Zealand have been growing their Mos, with Foodstuffs North Island going MO face-to-MO face against sister (or brother) company Foodstuffs South Island to see who can fundraise the MOst.

With 52 stores taking part, PAK’nSAVE Hastings was the leader of the pack raising more than $8,961, with the top ranking Mo Bro, store owner-operator, Brendon Smith.

Brendon says that he is chuffed to be the leading Mo Bro in the PAK’nSAVE network.

I’ve grown a Mo every Movember since it started, but I was determined for this year to be the best effort yet.” says Brendon.

I was lucky to have 25 staff who shared my enthusiasm. At the start of the month, we set the goal of raising the most. In addition to donation boxes at checkouts and staff Movember pages, the store donated $2 for every loaf of Quality Bakers bread bought during November.”

The top Mo Team in the South Island was PAK’nSAVE Hornby cracking the $4166 mark and the top rating Mo Bro was owner John Lee.

John, who usually sports a full moustache, started Movember clean shaven and half way through Movember, parted with half his Mo to raise extra funds. He also donated one dollar for every dollar staff and customers gave.

I’m stoked with the result. The whole team put in a tremendous effort and we raised far more than expected.”

The rivalry between the two islands has been a well fought battle, with the victor being the PAK’nSAVE North Island stores who raised: $35,333. However, the South Island stores with fewer than half the stores also put in a fantastic effort raising more than $15984. It was also a close battled for the amount per person raised with the South Island scraping in just ahead with $98.06 per person compared with $96.54 per person by the North Island stores.

The Foodstuff support centres also got involved in growing the best handle bar slugs, with a combined effort in excess of $32,000.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says that the efforts of everyone involved is to be commended.

The Foodstuffs family is a competitive bunch and this determination raised a lot of money to go towards the good work of the Movember Foundation. Importantly it also made us all think about men’s health – our own and the men in our lives”, he says.

Robert Dunn from Movember says, “We’re delighted to have PAK’nSAVE and Foodstuffs on board for the first time – it’s brilliant to see staff and customers embrace our cause wholeheartedly.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support from our sponsors; having large company’s such as Foodstuffs involved means we are able to talk to more men about the importance of their health.”

Family members, partners and wives will now be breathing a sigh of relief as the moustaches will now start to disappear from workplaces, supermarkets, Stickmen ads and homes across the country.

While Movember is now officially over, donations are still welcome and accepted nz.movember.com/donate

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

PAK’nSAVE turns its iconic yellow number 8 wire TV ad pink in support of New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE is turning pink to show its support for the annual New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) Pink Ribbon Appeal, which takes place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of October.

This year, PAK’nSAVE is turning its iconic yellow number 8 wire television advertisement pink in the ten days leading up to the appeal and has pledged $25,000 to kick start the appeal. The ‘pink ad’ tribute will also highlight the Breast Cancer Awareness message to an audience of 2.4 million Kiwis who will see this PAK’nSAVE ads in the next two weeks.

Evangelia Henderson, Chief Executive of the NZBCF says, “PAK’nSAVE’s prominent display of support and generous donation is greatly appreciated. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women and is diagnosed in eight women every day. Awareness of the signs and symptoms and self-checks and mammograms leading to early detection substantially increase life expectancy and likelihood of survival.”

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says that PAK’nSAVE is dedicated to supporting community groups around the country.

“Any one of the women (or men) in our lives could be affected by breast cancer. As a Kiwi owned and operated company, PAK’nSAVE is proud to help spread the message of early detection and support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with their appeal,” he says.

PAK’nSAVE staff will be wearing pink ribbons and customers can show their support purchasing a ribbon from in-store or by gifting coins to the one of the many bucket collectors posted outside selected PAK’nSAVE’s around the country.

Even Stickman will be getting behind the cause by wearing his pink ribbon too.

The Pink Ribbon Street Appeal raises money to support life-saving awareness and education programmes, research into new targeted treatments and support for women going through breast cancer in New Zealand.

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For more information contact:

Adele Gautier, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Email: adeleg@nzbcf.org.nz or phone: 021 423 353

 

Katherine Klouwens, Foodstuffs NZ Ltd.

Email: Katherine.Klouwens@foodstuffs.co.nz or Phone: 021 484 026

*Please note the 2.4 million Kiwis is based on an AP 5+ audience and is based on the actual Breast Cancer spotlist. The full estimated audience number is 2,415,517

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

PAK’nSAVE survey: quarter of New Zealand to watch the rugby tournament live

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE survey findings reveal:

  • A quarter of New Zealand will be watching the tournament live
  • Nearly half of those watching live matches will be waking up just in time for the haka
  • Only 10% will be staying up all night to catch a game
  • Two thirds of New Zealand will be cheering on their team with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Regardless of the time, a third of Kiwis will be fueling their excitement with bacon and eggs
  • Pyjamas are the dress code for a third of fans this tournament

What a difference four years and a hemisphere can make; New Zealand fans will be waiting until the last moment, tucking into a kiwi fry-up and watching games in their pyjamas.

The rugby tournament may be 11,000kms from our shores, but Kiwis are once again proving that they are an unquestionably devoted nation.  The 12-hour time difference and lack of sleep won’t stop us cheering on our boys in black.

However, fans will be squeezing in every last second of sleep before kick-off according to a recent PAK’nSAVE survey.  Forty nine per cent of respondents will be using the haka as a wake-up call rather than setting the alarm for the pre-match banter.   Employers across New Zealand have been mindful of productivity during the tournament, but only 10% of those surveyed planned to stay up all night and 27% plan to watch full games delayed at a more convenient time.

When the nation does manage to get itself out of bed, it won’t be with a wine or pint glass in our hand.  Seventy per cent of Kiwis will be reaching for a good old cup of tea or coffee to see them through the game. Only 14% of those surveyed will be cheering on their team with a beer or wine.

To feed our stomachs and fuel our excitement, almost a third of New Zealand sports fans will be enjoying a Kiwi fry-up of bacon and eggs, closely followed by toast (29%) or classic chips and dip (27%).

Commenting on the national survey, Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island said, “This tournament is close to the heart of so many New Zealanders. Four years ago the country was alight with excitement and national pride. It’s great to see that 11,000km and a 12-hour time difference is bringing out the best in our rugby fanatics and we are all adapting to support our boys. “

“Apart from the first game between Argentina and New Zealand, I am leaning towards delayed coverage, but I will be setting the alarm when we go to the quarter finals and beyond.”

Unsurprisingly the PAK’nSAVE survey confirmed New Zealand really is home to some of the world’s biggest rugby union fans.  Forty nine per cent of respondents claimed to be either ‘rugby obsessed’ or a ‘rugby fan’ and will definitely be watching as many games as possible.  Another 11% will become ‘tournament experts’; those who will be fanatical for the duration of the competition.

“Of course there is always people that take a different view and that is part what makes New Zealand such a great place.  Seven per cent of those we spoke to claimed to be ‘rugby opposed’ and excited for the tournament to end.  There is a growing suspicion this group are in fact England fans,” said Chris.

One benefit of the time difference is there is no need to try to dress to impress this tournament. Thirty two per cent of respondents planned to watch games in their pyjamas, followed by dressing gown and slippers (17%), an official team rugby jersey (15%), a duvet (11%), whatever they could find at the hour of the morning (11%), anything in team colours (9%), work or school clothes (3%) or a lucky outfit (2%).

As a result of the survey, PAK’nSAVE’s around the country have ensured that tea, coffee and breakfast foods are well stocked and readily available for all avid rugby fans.

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Rugby Survey Summary

Survey: PAK’nSAVE Rugby

1. With the rugby games on early in the morning this year, how will you be keeping up with the games important to you?  Are you…

Value Percent Count
Watching full games live 25.5% 302
Watching full games delayed 26.6% 316
Listening live on the radio 3.0% 36
Only catching the highlights or results afterwards 32.1% 381
Not watching/ not interested 12.7% 151
Total 1,186

2. What’s your pre-game strategy to watch those early morning games?

Value Percent Count
Pull an all-nighter 10.5% 32
Set the alarm clock well before kick-off to get ready 37.2% 113
Squeeze in as much sleep as possible and wake up just in time for the haka 48.7% 148
Doze through it mostly, but keep updated for the important bits 2.6% 8
Get up at half time 1.0% 3
Total 304

3. And where are you watching the games live? (Selected Live in Q2)

Value Percent Count
At home on TV 78.2% 237
In bed 14.2% 43
Someone else’s house e.g. friends or family 3.3% 10
At work 2.0% 6
At a pub/bar or café 2.3% 7
Somewhere else (specify) 0.0% 0
Total 303

4. When are you catching up with the games? (Selected Delayed in Q2)

Value Percent Count
An hour or so after kick-off that morning 6.6% 21
The same morning 28.7% 91
That day 40.1% 127
That night 15.5% 49
The next day or so 9.2% 29
Total 317

5. What kind of food & drink will you have while watching the games at home? (Multichoice, Selected Live in Q2)

Value Percent Count
Tea or coffee – can’t function without it that early in the morning 70.3% 213
Beer or wine – regardless of the time, it’s a celebration 14.2% 43
Fresh juice or other cold drinks – got to keep hydrated 28.1% 85
Something else? 6.3% 19
Cooked Kiwi fry-up of bacon & eggs – breakfast of champions! 29.7% 90
Baked beans or spaghetti all the way 6.3% 19
Porridge for me 7.6% 23
Weetbix – If Richie can eat 12 weetbix, so can I! 13.9% 42
Other cereals 11.9% 36
Toast 29.0% 88
Continental breakfast – a little bit fancy 3.0% 9
Snacks for me – classic kiwi chips and dip all the way 27.1% 82
Total 303

6. What will you be wearing to watch the games? (Selected Live Q2)

Value Percent Count
My team’s official rugby jersey 14.9% 45
Anything in my team colours 8.9% 27
Lucky outfit e.g. socks, undies, t-shirt 2.3% 7
Dressing gown & slippers 16.6% 50
Pyjamas 32.1% 97
My duvet 10.9% 33
Work or school clothes 3.0% 9
Just whatever I can find at that hour 11.3% 34
Total 302

7. What kind of rugby fanatic are you?

Value Percent Count
Rugby obsessed – I counted down the days till the cup for months! 7.3% 86
Rugby fan – I’ll definitely be watching as many games as I can for sure 41.5% 492
Tournament expert – I turn into a rugby fanatic during the cup, but otherwise I’m not fussed 10.5% 124
Rugby tolerator – I’ll watch a few games, but mostly so I know what everyone will be talking about 34.0% 403
Rugby opposed – Rugby fan? No thank you. I can’t wait for it to be over! 6.8% 81
Total 1,186

 

8. And just for fun, which team are you supporting?

Value Percent Count
New Zealand 93.0% 1,100
Argentina 0.4% 5
Australia 0.9% 10
Canada 0.1% 1
England 0.9% 10
Fiji 0.2% 2
France 0.0% 0
Georgia 0.2% 2
Ireland 0.6% 7
Italy 0.0% 0
Japan 1.6% 19
Namibia 0.0% 0
Romania 0.1% 1
Samoa 0.3% 4
Scotland 0.5% 6
South Africa 0.7% 8
Tonga 0.2% 2
Uruguay 0.1% 1
USA 0.1% 1
Wales 0.3% 4
Total 1,183

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand: New World, PAK’nSAVE, Stroke Foundation to conduct the biggest ever simultaneous health check

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the country are partnering with the Stroke Foundation in an attempt to  conduct the biggest ever simultaneous health check.

Identifying people with high blood pressure (BP) is the aim of the Big New Zealand Blood Pressure Check which takes place on Saturday 3 October from 10am to 2pm.

Across the country at selected New World and PAK’nSAVE stores it’s expected 20,000 Kiwis will have their BP checked, which if identified as high and then treated, could prevent them having a stoke in the future. Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Mark Vivian says that every year they have helped to alert thousands of New Zealanders to the possibility that they might have high blood pressure.

“If everyone in the country had healthy blood pressure we could drastically reduce the number of strokes that happen every year – currently around 9,000 people, or one every hour. If people get the message about this simple health check, it could make a massive difference to their lives.”

Steve Anderson Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says: “High blood pressure is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’. Many people don’t know they have it. As a Kiwi company, we’re proud to support the Stroke Foundation in this extremely important and effective community health initiative.”

It’s expected 20,000 kiwis will turn up this year, breaking the previous record of 18,000 last year.

WHAT: The Big NZ Blood Pressure Check

WHEN: Saturday 3 October, 10 am to 2pm

WHERE: New World’s and PAK’nSAVE’s and a range of other locations throughout the country. For the full list of locations visit www.strokewise.org.nz/bloodpressure

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand: New World and PAK’nSAVE butcheries to banish environmentally unfriendly polystyrene trays

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-8-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Nineteen New World and PAK’nSAVE stores throughout the country have been trialling a great piece of Kiwi ingenuity, a recyclable plastic meat tray, meaning the environmentally unfriendly polystyrene tray, which is commonly seen across supermarkets, days are well and truly numbered.

Creating a suitable alternative to the useful but hard to dispose of polystyrene trays has been a long running global environmental challenge.

Currently the problem remains that literally hundreds of millions of polystyrene trays are sent to landfill every year after being in use for about one week. Up until now there’s been no real alternative but to landfill the used product as polystyrene is not accepted via kerbside schemes.

According to Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd the business decided to ask itself – Could we find a truly workable, sustainable alternative to the ‘destined for landfill’ foam meat trays?

“Any replacement product needs to look better, work just as well, be available at the same cost and be 100% recyclable at kerbside,” says Sammons. “But we are determined to listen to our customers who have been clear in telling us it’s time to move towards packaging that is more environmentally friendly.”

After two years of product development, the team at New World and PAK’nSAVE think they might have cracked it says Mike Sammons,

“Our packaging partner, Alto Packaging, developed, designed and manufactured a recyclable plastic tray to our specifications, that is currently being trialled in 19 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores around the country,” says Sammons. “The meat tray ticks all the right boxes in terms of sustainability and performance and furthermore it’s made right here by one of New Zealand’s leading rigid plastic packaging companies.”

Initial results from the trial are looking very promising with 88% of customers rating the overall performance of the packs as better than the traditional polystyrene packs, and a further 10% of customers rating performance on par with the traditional polystyrene packs.

Sample customer feedback has been extremely positive with the below comments capturing general customer sentiment;

  • “can put in the recycle bin which is much more convenient”
  • “seems to curb the liquid spilling out”
  • “looks better”
  • “clean, fresh and environmentally friendly”

The new tray comprises 50% recycled material and is accepted by every kerbside recycling scheme across New Zealand and as its made of clear plastic not black, it can be easily separated in the recycling centres.

“It’s also easy for customers to recycle. All the user has to do is give the used meat tray a quick rinse under the tap as you do with a lot of other recyclable packaging and pop it in the recycling bin,” confirms Sammons. “By moving to this tray, New World and PAK’nSAVE customers can avoid sending the equivalent of 14 Olympic size swimming pools full of polystyrene to landfill each year.”

But the innovations don’t stop at the trays ability to be recycled say Sammons. The real innovation lies in the trays ability to capture fluid in the base. The little ‘dimples’ in the bottom of the tray hold the fluid there even when tilted or turned upside down, meaning customers don’t have to worry about any nasty meat fluids getting in amongst their shopping.

Working with councils, recyclers and Alto Packaging means the inclusive process undertaken to bring the new trays to market ensure they will not only perform as required but customers can be assured they are 100% able to be recycled, says Sammons.

The recyclable plastic meat tray is just one of a number of sustainable innovations New World and PAK’nSAVE are bringing to the market over the next year, and Sammons confirms the business is committed to leading the charge on providing sustainable supermarket shopping solutions.

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New Zealand: New World and PAK’nSAVE butcheries to banish environmentally unfriendly polystyrene trays

New Zealand: New World and PAK’nSAVE butcheries to banish environmentally unfriendly polystyrene trays

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd announces that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd has today announced that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre. 

NEW ZEALAND, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — “Since 1984 New World Clendon has been a great supermarket for our customers and the community, but after more than 30 years it’s time for a complete makeover,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development Foodstuffs North Island. “We have had a good look at the store and seen there’s a great opportunity for PAK’nSAVE to come to Clendon to best meet our customers’ needs.”

“We are very pleased to confirm that New World Clendon is set to undergo some major changes and become PAK’nSAVE Clendon.”

The conversion from New World to PAK’nSAVE will happen in stages and the store will stay open throughout the construction. It’s expected that construction of the first stage of the new PAK’nSAVE will start in mid 2016.

“We are really excited to bring PAK’nSAVE to the Clendon shopping centre and the community. The store will be big, bright and modern, with all the low prices you expect to see at PAK’nSAVE,” says Bull. “In the meantime it’s business as usual at New World Clendon and we look forward to seeing our customers and keeping them updated on our progress.”

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Foodstuffs North Island Ltd announces that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd announces that PAK’nSAVE is coming to Clendon shopping centre

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland to roll out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will begin rolling out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Following on from our announcement in July that New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will begin rolling out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics, we are pleased to confirm that today The Packaging Forum has announced that the contract to service stores has been awarded to the Glenfield-based Abilities Group.

For more information on this exciting step forward check out for the full detail on our soft plastics recycling project.

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Foodstuffs wins two top prizes at the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards

Foodstuffs has triumphed at the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards, once again winning the two top prizes for their category. 

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has won the competitive Most Trusted Supermarket honour, New World the highly commended runner up in that category and Pams won the Most Trusted Home Brand award.

The independent survey asked more than 1200 New Zealander’s what brands they trusted across a range of categories; including supermarkets and supermarket own brands.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says there is no higher praise than that of our customers. “There is a lot of competition in the supermarket industry and New Zealand shoppers want great quality food, a good range of products at the right price.”

“We remain committed to delivering the best deals we can to our customers and that’s why so many Kiwis continue to shop at PAK’nSAVE. This award is about our customers giving us the nod that we are still doing great work. We know we can’t be complacent, there’s always room to develop our offer and improve our customer’s shopping experience.”

Anderson adds, “PAK’nSAVE is all about giving our customers a great deal with consistently low prices. It’s not about the fancy features you might see in other stores – it’s a straightforward promise, but one we absolutely must deliver on, every time.”

“Since opening its doors in 1985, PAK’nSAVE has never stopped looking for ways to keep its costs down in order to pass those savings on to our customers, “says Anderson. “It’s fantastic that during our 30th birthday year our customers have recognised PAK’nSAVE as the country’s most trusted supermarket brand.”

Mr Anderson explains that winning the Most Trusted Home Brand is also a special honour.

“Pams was the first home brand in the country. It first graced the iconic Four Square shelves in 1937 supplying baking and custard powder, the range has now swelled to more than 2500 different products and is now in demand across our supermarket shelves.”

“As a proud New Zealand owned and operated company we really appreciate our customers taking the time to vote for us and give us direct feedback that we are meeting their needs. We are striving to make good, wholesome and tasty products for everyday use and this award is high praise that we are well on the road to achieving that goal.”

PAK’nSAVE and New World continue to develop our stores across the country, upgrading, refurbishing and building brand new supermarkets which feature a range of environmental initiatives and innovation from energy efficient lighting to low emission refrigeration systems.

Store owner-operators of PAK’nSAVE’s and New World’s all over the country are sponsoring a multitude of local community schools, sporting teams and businesses.

Pams also supports a national nutrition-education initiative, Food For Thought, designed for primary school teachers to teach Kiwi kids to make healthier food and lifestyle choices.

Last year, Pams started introducing the Health Star Rating System on its packaging to enable shoppers to make informed nutritional decisions about the types of products they are consuming.

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Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Foodstuffs: New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland to champion the new soft plastic bags initiative

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will champion the new soft plastic bags initiative announced by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, over the weekend. The novel programme promises to introduce REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics all of which are currently unable to be recycled through the traditional bins people have at home.

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will champion the new soft plastic bags initiative announced by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, over the weekend. The novel programme promises to introduce REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics all of which are currently unable to be recycled through the traditional bins people have at home.

The recycling scheme, which is to be managed by the Packaging Forum and supported by the government, will commence in September with the roll out starting in Auckland followed by expansion to the Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and other regions over the next three years. The objective is to provide access to recycle soft plastics to approximately 70% of all New Zealanders.

Lyn Mayes, project lead, said soft plastic bags are not currently collected for recycling by councils because they can contaminate the recycling process.

“New Zealanders use more than 1.6 billion plastic bags in their homes every year.  This new project will take all soft plastic bags including bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, shopping bags, sanitary hygiene packaging – basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.”

“REDcycle, who also runs the programme in Australia, will supply recycling bins in selected New World and PAK’nSAVE stores. Initially the materials will be sent back to Australia where they are made into park benches and fitness circuits for playgrounds until there are facilities in New Zealand such as those planned at Astron Plastics,” says Mayes.

The project is to be funded through a $700,000 grant to the Packaging Forum which is being matched by industry and a $510,000 grant to Astron Plastics Group from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The grant to Astron Plastics Group will enable the business to establish a new dry-cleaning facility in Auckland with the capacity to recycle 2000 tonnes of soft plastics thus reducing the requirement to export the collected plastic waste.

Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says we are delighted that the pilot has been given the green light by government.

“We recognise that plastic bags pose an ongoing environmental challenge and a lot of our customers have told us they want a better solution for recycling plastic bags. Foodstuffs, and its brands New World and PAK’nSAVE, in partnership with other food manufacturers, retailers and packaging companies, have been actively looking for viable solution so that we can do our part to reducing the ongoing environmental impact.”

“From September, customers in Auckland will be able to bring their used soft plastics back to store and put them in the supplied recycling bins.  We will be actively encouraging our customers to get in behind this fantastic opportunity as its success in the initial phase will ensure further roll out nationally,” says Sammons.

The project is already supported by major brands including Pams, Cottonsoft, Huggies, Kleenex, New Zealand Post, SunRice, Astron and Elldex Plastics with many others committed to joining the programme.

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Foodstuffs stores to implement changes to the infant formula security protocols announced in March 2015

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following discussion with MPI we can confirm that our stores will be implementing some variations to the infant formula security protocols that have been in place since the threat was announced in March 2015.

Across our New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores we will continue to have in place additional supply chain security measures and our customers can still expect to see heightened security and signage advising customers of the threat. As we move into the next phase of managing this threat, there will no longer be an ‘Infant Formula Monitor’ at shelf. Instead check out staff will be prompted via our point of sale systems to remind each infant formula customer of the need to check for tampering and the MPI consumer guide will also be available.

Foodstuffs is continuing to take the threat very seriously so that our customers can have confidence in infant formula purchased from one of our stores. By their very nature supermarkets are high security environments, every day we have a range security measures in place to ensure the safety and security of our customers and staff. Because of this we have confidence that the variation in protocols around infant formula will continue to offer our customers a high level of security.

Advice from the Police is that the threat remains low but we remind our customers to remain vigilant and alert the appropriate authorities should any sign of tampering be suspected.

Continued advice from MPI

Any customer who has a concern that their infant formula has been tampered with should call MPI on 0800 00 83 33 and they will advise of the appropriate actions that need to be taken. We would ask customers to not take any suspect product back to store.

Any customer who has a concern about their child’s health should contact their health provider or go to their local Hospital Accident and Emergency immediately. Parents can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for health advice from experienced registered nurses who provide health information and recommend appropriate care to callers.

For customers who require support about what to feed their baby then Plunket is also available on 0800 933 922.

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PAK’nSAVE named New Zealand’s cheapest supermarket in Consumer’s annual survey of supermarket prices

Hamilton, New Zealand, 2014-11-6— /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has taken out the title of New Zealand’s cheapest supermarket in Consumer’s annual survey of supermarket prices. PAK’nSAVE’s prices were up to 13 percent lower than that of the next cheapest supermarket in the seven centres surveyed nationwide. The findings are great news for consumers as it seems the gap between PAK’nSAVE and the competition is firmly in place and continues to deliver everyday savings to consumers.

PAK’nSAVE Clarence Street in Hamilton took pole position in the Consumer survey and came out on top as the cheapest supermarket in the country. Owner-operator Tony Rider is thrilled his store came in a massive 13% cheaper than his nearest rival.

“This proves that our customers are getting real savings every day, it’s not just about a few cents, $19 is a massive amount to save on a total shop of $127,” says Rider. “We’ve been really focused on negotiating the best prices possible, we’re committed to buying products in bulk so we can keep the prices of many items down for a long time.”

“It’s been a really busy year for us at PAK’nSAVE Clarence Street, we just finished an $18 million upgrade in January 2014 which has given our customers wider and brighter aisles that will make the whole shopping experience that much easier. We’ve added lots of sustainability features including CO2 refrigeration and LED lighting all of which are designed to reduce overhead costs and enable us to keep our supermarket prices down,” continues Rider.

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd Managing Director Murray Jordan says, “We’re very proud that PAK’nSAVE has once again been confirmed as the home of New Zealand’s lowest food prices by the Consumer Supermarket Survey. We’re conscious that many Kiwis continue to struggle with increasing living costs, and with the weekly supermarket shop being many families largest single outgoing PAK’nSAVE offers significant savings. PAK’nSAVE remains dedicated to keeping supermarket prices low and we won’t be taking our eye off the ball anytime soon when it comes to this commitment.”

“This year’s survey compared New World to Countdown, Nosh and Moore Wilson’s across a range of speciality ‘top shelf’ products including expresso coffee, organic milk and premium yoghurt, and in all centres New World was cheapest on price. This proves that New World not only meets consumer’s speciality food requirements, it does so at the best prices,” concludes Jordan.

Full details of the supermarket price survey are available in the latest issue of Consumer magazine, available to subscribers from 5 November, and in stores from 10 November.

To find your nearest PAK’nSAVE and New World supermarkets, visit www.paknsave.co.nz and www.newworld.co.nz.

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